Corey Taylor Took “Brunt of the Heat” About Slipknot's Hiatus So Members Could Heal Following Paul Gray’s Death
Until recently, frontman Corey Taylor has been very vocal about Slipknot not being ready to begin working on their first album without late bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010. Now, the singer reveals that he chose to take a harsh stance about the group's hiatus so that he could let his band mates recover from their loss.
“Like it or not, [percussionist Shawn] "Clown" [Crahan] and Paul started that band and without Paul, there was a huge piece missing to that and I was gonna be damned if I was gonna let anybody make us do something that we weren’t feeling at the time,” Taylor tells ABC News Radio. “So I tried to take the brunt of the heat and take the focus off of everybody else in the band so they could go through what they needed to go through.”
The singer adds that the guys feel like they’re finally ready to begin making some new music, and that they have tentative plans to start working on new material in 2014.
“It hasn’t been easy for any of us and the thought of running right back into the studio wasn’t appealing to anybody,” Taylor explains. “So we wanted to make sure that when we did go back into the studio it was because we wanted to regardless of any pressure that might be on us because of just how big the album could be.”
Taylor notes that the band doesn’t yet have a specific release date in mind for the group’s follow-up to 2008’s All Hope Is Gone. “There’s no timeline, there’s no deadline, there’s no timetable,” he declares. “Probably the beginning of next year, we’ll go into the studio and we’ll start figuring out what we’re capable of.”
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Jack White's Estranged Wife Obtains Restraining Order Against Him
Is Jack White a scary guy? His estranged wife seems to think so. Karen Elson reportedly obtained a restraining order against the former White Stripesfrontman in Tennessee on July 22. According to the Nashville City Paper, she told a judge she fears the rock star is dangerous and could hurt her because he allegedly has a violent temper. Elson also claims that White sent her profanity-filled emails in which he objected to the terms of their ongoing divorce negotiations, among other things.
According to the restraining order filing, “This pattern of husband’s bullying wife into submission was a contributing factor in the demise of their marriage."
Elson also said she fears for the safety of the couple's two children. The order states that White is now prohibited from “any contact with wife whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties’ minor children,” and that any contact White has with Elson must be via email.
White and Elson were married in 2005. They separated in 2011, and Elson filed for divorce in 2012. The couple has a court hearing August 29 regarding custody of their two kids.
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Scott Weiland Still Angry at Former STP Band Mates; Talks New Solo Album
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland says that while he isn’t holding a grudge against his replacement, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, he remains upset that his former Stone Temple Pilots band mates are still using the STP name.
"I don't think Chester did it in a spiteful way,” he tells Billboard. “I'm surprised [my former STP band mates] did what they did without checking the legality of it, how they just decided to go and use the [STP] name and go and hire another singer and start playing shows with a name that I still am an owner of." For their part, Stone Temple Pilots insist they have the legal right to perform as STP, and that it's Weiland who's in the wrong.
Regardless, Weiland says he’s moving on with his solo project with his new band, The Wildabouts, and that he’s got about 12 songs ready for their upcoming debut album.
"We're doing it much more like a band type of an album instead of an art project, which [previous solo albums] 12 Bar Blues and Happy in Galoshes were," he notes. "It's much more of an overall collaborative effort and much more rock 'n' roll.” Weiland says he hopes to finish the album sometime before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, STP has scheduled a batch of North American dates with Bennington that kick off September 4 at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA. In addition, the group has said that they plan to release a new EP sometime this fall.
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5FDP’s The Wrong Side of Heaven Expected to Sell 95K-105K Copies Its First Week
The first installment of Five Finger Death Punch’s double album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, is expected to make a big splash on the Billboard200 album chart next week.
According to industry website Hits Daily Double, first-week sales for 5FDP's The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of HellVolume 1 are projected to be somewhere between 95,000 to 105,000 copies. If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s third top-10 album on the list, following 2009’s War Is the Answer and 2011’s American Capitalist.
While The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 doesn’t yet have a firm release date, it's expected to arrive in stores sometime in the fall.
The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.
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Lollapalooza Festival Begins on Friday with Nine Inch Nails, Mumford & Sons, The Killers & More
The 22nd annual Lollapalooza festival kicks off on Friday, boasting a lineup that includes headliners Nine Inch Nails, Mumford & Sons and The Killers. If you’re not able to make it to Chicago for the event, you can join the audience online: YouTube will be webcasting select performances from the festival all weekend long.
The lineup of concerts that will be available on YouTube’s Lollapalooza channel includes sets by all three headliners as well as performances from Queens of the Stone Age,Imagine Dragons, The National, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend and The Cure, among others.
Here’s the full Lollapalooza webcast schedule:
Friday, August 2:
2:30 p.m. -- Smith Westerns
3:30 p.m. -- Icona Pop
4:15 p.m. -- Crystal Castles
5:15 p.m. -- Imagine Dragons
6:15 p.m. -- Queens of the Stone Age
7:30 p.m. -- Band of Horses
8:30 p.m. -- The Killers
10:00 p.m. -- Nine Inch Nails
Saturday, August 3:
2:15 p.m. -- Ben Howard
3:00 p.m. -- Court Yard Hounds
4:00 p.m. -- Local Natives
5:00 p.m. -- Ellie Goulding
6:00 p.m. -- The National
7:15 p.m. -- The Lumineers
8:30 p.m. -- The Postal Service
10:00 p.m. -- Mumford & Sons
Sunday, August 4:
2:30 p.m. -- Alex Clare
4:30 p.m. -- Two Door Cinema Club
5:30 p.m. -- Alt-J
6:30 p.m. -- Steve Aoki
7:00 p.m. -- Vampire Weekend
8:15 p.m. -- The Cure
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Slash to Headline Benefit Concert for Victims of Arizona Wildfire
Slash has signed on to headline a benefit concert which will raise money for the families of the 19 fallen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots and other victims of the recent wildfire in Yarnell, AZ.
The Rock N 2 Remember concert will take place August 25 at Prescott Rodeo Grounds in Prescott, AZ. All proceeds will be distributed among several charities, including the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, Prescott Fire Fighter Charities, 100 Club of Arizona and the displaced residents of Yarnell.
Other bands set to take the stage for the event include Storm of Perception, Razer,John Fiddler and Stella's Infirmary.
Tickets for the event are on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com.